Adapting to Disruptive Behavior in Online Teaching
Remember That You’re in an Online Classroom:
Kindness Goes a Long Way:
Be Proactive and Build Relationships:
Use Good Teaching Practices:
To counteract this, make liberal use of the group classroom design! Have students participate in repeated practice as a group. It always feels more comfortable trying something new when you can blend in with everyone else and build your confidence. As the teacher, you can listen to the group and model corrections for them to try while not singling out any one student. Woohoo! Students are getting useful feedback on their speaking while avoiding undue embarrassment (and saving you from undue behavior!). After repeated practice and confidence has been built, you can try having them speak independently again. They just might surprise you with their newfound confidence. Be sure to reward them enthusiastically!